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Recording Bass: DI vs. Microphone (Or Combo)
Recording Bass

Recording Bass: DI vs. Microphone (Or Combo)

There is a long-lasting debate on whether you should record your bass tracks with a DI or a microphone. In this edition of “Recording Bass,” Travis Huisman breaks downs the pros and cons for each.

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The Lightbulb Moment: Mistakes Do Not Equal Failure
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Mistakes Do Not Equal Failure

As bassists, we can often be our own, harshest critics. That’s the subject of Ryan Madora’s latest “Lightbulb Moment” column - which includes another way to look at dealing with mistakes.

Recording Bass: How To Better Prepare For Bass Tracking Day
Recording Bass

Recording Bass: How To Better Prepare For Bass Tracking Day

All of my favorite albums have a distinct bass tone throughout. That is not because they just winged it on bass tracking day. Bassists need preparation tactics ahead of time. Here are some tips you can use to end up with a better tracking day.

Bass Players To Know: Rhonda Smith
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Rhonda Smith

When was the last time you listened to a groove that was so funky and remarkably precise that you couldn’t resist being in awe? For Ryan Madora, it was the last time she listened to Rhonda Smith. Rhonda is the focus of this “Bass Players To Know” column.

Recording Bass: 5 Tips To Make Your Recordings Have a Tighter Low End
Recording Bass

Recording Bass: 5 Tips To Make Your Recordings Have a Tighter Low End

Travis Huisman is back with another “Recording Bass” column. In this one he shares tips about avoiding that muddy (or non-existent) low end he finds in a lot of his client’s projects.

The Lightbulb Moment: To Stream or Not To Stream?
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: To Stream or Not To Stream?

Ryan is back with a new column that wouldn't have happened without this time of self-isolation. The topic is on live-streaming, which is all the rage now. She had to figure this out for herself, and has a lot to share on the topic.

5 Audio Plugins To Make Your Bass Recordings Instantly Better
Recording Bass

5 Audio Plugins To Make Your Bass Recordings Instantly Better

Recording bass guitar at home is not difficult with the vast amount of quality plugins available to you today. Travis Huisman breaks things down with 5 audio plugins to make your bass recordings instantly better.

Bass Players To Know: Dave Roe
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Dave Roe

Ryan is back with a new entry in her “Bass Players To Know” series. This time, she focuses on the work of Nashville legend and session ace, Dave Roe, the longtime bass player with Johnny Cash and favorite of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach - and more.

Custom Shop: Curtis Novak
Custom Shop

Custom Shop: Curtis Novak

In the crowded world of aftermarket pickup makers, few continue to explore with as much passion and childlike wonder as Curtis Novak. In this new edition of “Custom Shop,” Jake Serek takes a look into Novak’s work.

The Lightbulb Moment: Keeping The Lights On
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Keeping The Lights On

This is trying time for all of us. And for those who make their living playing music, things are even more challenging. That's the focus of this new column Ryan just wrote: from the perspective of a gigging musician and a fan of bands and artists too.

Bass Players To Know: Meshell Ndegeocello
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Meshell Ndegeocello

Great artists are known for trailblazing their own path and Meshell Ndegeocello has done just that. With a continually evolving body of work and a successful career as both artist and side person, Meshell Ndegeocello is a bass player to know.

Bass Players To Know: John Stirratt
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: John Stirratt

After attending a recent Wilco performance, Ryan decided it was time to feature John Stirratt in her “Bass Players To Know” series. Check out what Ryan has to say about his playing, along with some notable tracks from Wilco and The Autumn Defense.